DUO 72 Madison Ave. 27th & 28th Sts.
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To a neighborhood that straddles the divide between old money and the nouveau riche comes a restaurant so ambivalent you can't quite tell which category it fits into. DUO's back dining room has patrons sinking into velvety parlor chairs, kept cozy yet formal by the glow of a giant fireplace. But when diners attempt to select their dishes—American staples like lobster and lamb—they are bathed with the glow of a harsher kind via the LED backlight in the their heavy menus. Flatiron’s post-work clientele appreciate the sexy technology as well as DUO’s novel drink options—a trendy cocktail list stuffed with exotic fruits and spices is joined by a selection of "sippers," fresh-fruit-infused vodka that will knock you right off those Jimmy Choos. Take it slow if your night includes plans to see and be seen at the impressive circular bar in the main room, where small talk gets a boost from mohair walls and elaborate, floor-to-ceiling portraits of—brace yourselves—the sister-owners. Elaborate odes to oneself? Now that’s timeless.